Bayer National Scrabble Championship reaches its grand finale!

~ Participants from across the country battle it out in Mumbai ~


Mumbai, 25. May 2009 – The Grand Finals of the Bayer National Scrabble Championship 2009 under the aegis of the Scrabble Association of India were held at Juhu-Vile Parle Gymkhana. These finals witnessed leading wordsmiths from across the country fighting it out for the top honours at this prestigious tournament. The winner of the Bayer National Scrabble Championship 2009 is Sherwin Rodrigues, age 19 from Mumbai.
Speaking at the occasion, Kaikobad Mistry, Chief Financial Officer, Bayer Group in India said, “Bayer in India is pleased to be associated with this prestigious annual event. Traditionally, the Bayer Group worldwide has promoted cultural and sporting activities since the company was founded. With this sponsorship, we aim to encourage and support Scrabble as well.”

The ecstatic winner of the Bayer National Scrabble Championship 2008, Sherwin said, “It is a wonderful feeling winning this prestigious championship. I am indebted to Bayer for organising such an event and I hope that they can make it happen every year.” The winner this year will represent India at the World Championships to be held at Malaysia.

This year the ultimate brain-teasing word game championship reached out to a huge number of participants across India, with maximum participation from Mumbai, followed by Bengaloroo. Five children participated in the junior division (Under - 15). The youngest participant was 11 years old and the oldest 65 years old at this championship. Professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, IAS officers, Chartered Accountants, Journalists, MBA students and housewives competed for the coveted title. The tournament was held in Mumbai on May 22, 23 and 24, 2009.



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Aloke V. Pradhan

Vice President – Corporate Communications

Bayer Group in India

E-Mail : aloke.pradhan.ap@bayer.com

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